In today’s age of living in a connected world, it is unfathomable to even think of a day without the internet. Whether it is for business or personal use, communication over the internet has become the new norm. With apps like WhatsApp, Hike, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and others, it has never been easier to stay in touch with others. With features such as text chats, video chats, and file sharing, messaging apps make our life simple and a lot more fun.
But what if there is no internet connectivity to use these apps?
It’s not a hypothetical situation anymore. There have been instances in the recent past of internet shutdowns being imposed by the government across various regions in the country. In fact, the latest study by internet research firm Top10VPN estimates that internet shutdowns in India during 2019 cost the GDP close to $1.3Bn (Rs. 9,000 Crores!!). A total of 4,196 hours is estimated to have been lost as a result of over 100 shutdowns during last year.
This is a reality that netizens need to be cognizant of and have some sort of a backup plan to overcome the situation if need be. People need to be prepared to switch to new app platforms in case they face an outage of the internet in their own locality or area.
Here are five messaging apps that will work even when there is no internet using alternate technologies.
Firechat allows users to send messages to each other or a larger group even without the internet. It is built on a revolutionary peer-to-peer mobile mesh networking technology, which allows phones within 200 feet of each other to communicate with each other using available technologies on phones such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It is available on both Android and IOS devices.
Vojer is another messaging platform based on mesh networking technology. It allows users to start offline conversations with other users just by having a unique user id. Vojer is a location-specific micro-interactions platform which means it is bound to specific persons at locations. For example, you complete a conversation with your friend at a particular location, the conversation ends and then you move on to a new conversation. It is available on both Android and IOS devices.
Allowing peer-to-peer communication between users located up to 100 meters apart, Signal connects using Wi-Fi Direct technology. It allows users to chat, share files, pictures as well as captured videos. It is available on both Android and IOS devices.
Bridgefy offers three modes of communication – one-to-one, one-to-many people and broadcast mode, over Wi-Fi technology. Broadcast mode is quite interesting as it allows you to broadcast a message to all users on Bridgefy, irrespective of whether they are in your contact list or not. This app is available on both Android and IOS devices.
Briar is positioned as a messaging platform for anyone who wants to communicate in an easy, secure manner with a seamless experience. It is known for its highly secure encryption standards. This app is available ONLY on Android devices at present.
So download any one or more apps in case you face any internet connectivity issues and stay in touch with your loved ones.